Started the final semester of coursework to for my doctorate. I’m finishing up my last elective course (covering virtual commerce systems), completing my data analysis, and concluding my dissertation. If all goes well I will defend after the end of this term, and be Dr. Moon before the end of the year.
I survived my tenth term as a doctoral student. Great progress this last term, having completed exploratory research to validate my research methodology, defended my proposal, and begun the “real” research for my dissertation. If all goes well, I am only two terms away from defending my final dissertation and finally being “Dr. Shannon Moon.”
Two weeks off (spent working on my dissertation in my spare time from work), then the eleventh of twelve terms begins!
Destiny for Play
Station 4 shrinkwrapped on shelf.
Too busy for fun.
I’ve started work on a Data Science Certificate through John Hopkins University. There are nine courses total. The first is “The Data Scientist Toolbox.” I’ve been meaning to get more up to speed on R and R Studio, this should help.
Whenever I am having a bad day, I like to read RFC 1149 – A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers which describes how “Avian carriers can provide high delay, low throughput, and low altitude service.” It contains gems like “Multiple types of service can be provided with a prioritized pecking order” and “An additional property is built-in worm detection and eradication.”
This RFC was actually implemented and tested by the Burgen Linux Group (read more here), although the ping log seen below does indeed show it is a high delay implementation. If you are technically inclined, read it here for a good laugh and the implmentation details here.
Script started on Sat Apr 28 11:24:09 2001 vegard@gyversalen:~$ /sbin/ifconfig tun0 tun0 Link encap:Point-to-Point Protocol inet addr:10.0.3.2 P-t-P:10.0.3.1 Mask:255.255.255.255 UP POINTOPOINT RUNNING NOARP MULTICAST MTU:150 Metric:1 RX packets:1 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:2 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 RX bytes:88 (88.0 b) TX bytes:168 (168.0 b) vegard@gyversalen:~$ ping -i 900 10.0.3.1 PING 10.0.3.1 (10.0.3.1): 56 data bytes 64 bytes from 10.0.3.1: icmp_seq=0 ttl=255 time=6165731.1 ms 64 bytes from 10.0.3.1: icmp_seq=4 ttl=255 time=3211900.8 ms 64 bytes from 10.0.3.1: icmp_seq=2 ttl=255 time=5124922.8 ms 64 bytes from 10.0.3.1: icmp_seq=1 ttl=255 time=6388671.9 ms --- 10.0.3.1 ping statistics --- 9 packets transmitted, 4 packets received, 55% packet loss round-trip min/avg/max = 3211900.8/5222806.6/6388671.9 ms vegard@gyversalen:~$ exit Script done on Sat Apr 28 14:14:28 2001
Semester nine complete. Semester ten starts Sunday. Three more to go, plus dissertation defense. I am ready to be done with this now. The shiny has worn off.
Eight terms down, four to go. The second year as a doctoral student is over. What a ride! After many discussions and much advice from committee members and mentors, i have finally committed to reducing the scope of my dissertation a bit. This next term will be all about getting ready for my proposal defense….and a fun elective on mobile development theory.